Just a thought for those who have children home over the Christmas holidays of craft ideas you can do with them.
1. Make home made play dough, use kitchen cookie cutters, rolling pin etc for moulding toys, that way you don’t have to spend unnecessary money.
2. Cooking: make cookies/snacks of your choice (healthy if you like) and set up the table with some ingredients the kids can use to decorate what you’ve made.
3. Painting – homemade paint is easy to make and you can use old squeezy sauce bottles to store them.
4. Go to a cheap shop and get some craft supplies (textas, pencils, paper, pipe cleaners, paddle pop sticks etc), and make a pack up for the kids to create with.
5. Get the kids to help with Christmas preparation – wrapping presents (obviously not the ones for them, but for other family and friends – if you can trust them to keep it a surprise).
6. Make their own wrapping paper.
7. Make Christmas tree decorations ie: paper chains, pom poms etc.
8. Chalk drawing outsite.
9. Get the kids to help prepare a healthy picnic, then either take them to a local park for a play date or encourage them to get some toys together and send them outside into the yard for a picnic.
10. Even pull out some old board games.
11. Try making some coloured circles (even out of cardboard) and play homemade twister.
12. French knitting for girls – some boys might even get involved.
13. Treasure hunt – you could use anything for this, even use clues depending on how creative you are and how much time you have.
14. Gardening – if need be get the kids some pots and let them choose a plant they would like to take care of and plant them with the kids and they can watch as they grow. If you have the room maybe you could even make them a small garden of their own.
15. Cubby houses – building a good cubby house in a place that’s out of your way can keep the kids amused for hours, maybe even days. Let them get involved if they want to, there’s no limits. You can use chairs, bunk beds, the dining table and throw in their favourite toys, pillows and maybe even have a sleep out in there. Alternatively if you have the capacity to supervise it, you could put a tent up in the backyard for them to play in through the day. And, incorporate the picnic idea, have some friends over etc.
The best thing about these ideas is that most of them can be used for rainy days, or days where you just don’t have time to go out and need to keep them occupied in the house. No need to leave them in front of video games or dvds, there’s plenty of ways to keep their minds entertained.